Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film / Edition 1

Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film / Edition 1

by Lee Grieveson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813535573

ISBN-13: 9780813535579

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Sinister, swaggering, yet often sympathetic, the figure of the gangster has stolen and murdered its way into the hearts of American cinema audiences. Despite the enduring popularity of the gangster film, however, traditional criticism has focused almost entirely on a few canonical movies such as Little Caesar, Public Enemy, and The Godfather

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Sinister, swaggering, yet often sympathetic, the figure of the gangster has stolen and murdered its way into the hearts of American cinema audiences. Despite the enduring popularity of the gangster film, however, traditional criticism has focused almost entirely on a few canonical movies such as Little Caesar, Public Enemy, and The Godfather trilogy, resulting in a limited and distorted understanding of this diverse and changing genre.

Mob Culture offers a long-awaited, fresh look at the American gangster film, exposing its hidden histories from the Black Hand gangs of the early twentieth century to The Sopranos. Departing from traditional approaches that have typically focused on the "nature" of the gangster, the editors have collected essays that engage the larger question of how the meaning of criminality has changed over time. Grouped into three thematic sections, the essays examine gangster films through the lens of social, gender, and racial/ethnic issues.

Destined to become a classroom favorite, Mob Culture is an indispensable reference for future work in the genre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535579
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Gangsters and governance in the silent era13
Why boys go wrong : gangsters, hoodlums, and the natural history of delinquent careers41
Gang busters : the Kefauver crime committee and the syndicate films of the 1950s67
Ladies love brutes : reclaiming female pleasures in the lost history of Hollywood gangster cycles, 1929-193193
A gunsel is being beaten : gangster masculinity and the homoerotics of the crime film, 1941-1942120
Mother Barker : film star and public enemy no. 1146
"Good evening gentlemen; can I check your hats please?" : masculinity, dress, and the retro gangster cycles of the 1990s163
Waddaya lookin' at? : rereading the gangster film through the Sopranos185
Black hands and white hearts : Southern Italian immigrants, crime, and race in early American cinema207
"American as chop suey" : invocations of gangsters in Chinatown, 1920-1936238
The underworld films of Oscar Micheaux and Ralph Cooper; toward a genealogy of the black screen gangster263
Walking the streets : black gangsters and the "abandoned city" in the 1970s blaxploitation cycle281

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